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Some were even afraid to turn a computer on because they thought they'd break it or it would jump forward and expect them to give all sorts of elaborate commands and they were afraid of computers. Yes,

Some were even afraid to turn a computer on because they thought they'd break it or it would jump forward and expect them to give all sorts of elaborate commands and they were afraid of computers. Yes, afraid. They also felt inadequate and unable to learn this "stuff my gran kids know all about."

My website does have a page on YouTube where you can learn just about anything you need to know. The problem is breaking through that fear connection.

OK, seniors, you conquered cars without heaters or oil filters, you clipped coupons to get meat during WWII, you converted from gas lights to electricity and you got a checking account. You CAN learn some basic computer operations. Sure, it's effortful and maybe it's even a bit like learning a foreign language, but just because you're over 70 or so doesn't mean your brain has been put into cold storage. You can learn and learning will really increase your sense of mastery and even self-esteem.

I guess you could say I'm asking that you show a bit of bravery in this battle of the brains, but you will be rewarded. Learning to read opened worlds of wonder for you when you first went to elementary school and the computer will do that and more. It isn't a tool for storing recipes. I remember when that was how they pitched computers to women. Recipes? The computer is a time machine with more promise and wonder than I could ever explain to anyone.

Need a GED because you never finished high school because you had to go to work to help support your family? You can do it on the Internet. Thinking of taking a vacation, but you need some ideas about where you might go, what it would cost and whether or not you'd like it? Yes, again, the Internet is there waiting like some genie in a box for your commands. And the commands are real simple, mostly "Enter" and "Copy and paste." Go for it and be amazed.

Senior citizen doesn't mean it's all over and behind you. The wonder is waiting. Take the first step.

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